College News

09 May 2019
Issue Twelve
Principal's Update
Important Dates
   Student Awards                                                                          
Trivia Night FUNdraiser
House Cross Country
School Photos
Frankston Train Line Changes
Community News
Mordialloc College
(03) 9580 1184
1 Station Street
Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Principal's Update

Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


Successful Open Events 

Last week we held a most successful Open Night for prospective students and parents, with up to 800 visitors attending see the whole school in action on Thursday 2 May from 6.30 pm. The success of such events is testament to our strong sense of community where staff, students and parent representatives from our College Council all played important roles. The level of support and enthusiasm from all involved was extremely positive and affirming. My sincere thanks to Mr Daniel Williams, Director of Middle School, and Mrs Marina Walsh, Assistant Principal, who were the main organisers, supported by Catherine Boulton in the office and Drew Cook our Facilities Manager. I would also like to thank all staff for their attendance out of school hours and for organising some terrific displays and highly engaging interactive workshops; all the students who acted as tour guides or assisted with the interactive workshops, they were so proud to showcase their school; and the parent representatives from College Council, who were very enthusiastic and proud to speak about Mordialloc College to prospective parents.

A special thanks to our student speakers in the formal presentation part of the evening. They all did an outstanding job articulating what it means to them to be a student of Mordialloc College. Congratulations to Elizabeth Ng and Levi Burns, speaking in their capacity as School Captains; and Mirabelle Milner and Jackson Mould representing the Year 7 cohort and speaking so confidently about their experiences to date. Please see the feedback summary page containing lots of positive comments from prospective parents via this link,

Congratulations to Alex Bletas who won the $100 Westfield gift voucher, one of many who went into the draw for completing the learning journey passport on the night.

On Thursday 9 May we are holding the SEAL entrance exam for Year 7 next year and we are again overwhelmed with the interest in this program and the very high calibre of applicants. All applicants (77 students) are also being interviewed between 13-17 May with myself and Alice Leppin on the panel, as part of the selection process.

The Sports Excellence Program applications close on May 31 and selection trials will be held in August.

Staffing Update

This term Assistant Principal, Andrew Moffat, has taken leave. Jo Greenhalgh will be Acting Assistant Principal overseeing Senior School. Jo will continue to teach her Year 12 English class, with the rest of her teaching load being taken by Ms Stasey, an English and Psychology teacher who we have employed for the remainder of the term.

Mrs Bec Carter has started this term taking over the load of Sarah Robinson. Bec is a very experienced English and History teacher.

As mentioned in Term 1 we have two new positions funded by the Department which have started this term. A 0.6 Literacy intervention teacher to be focused on students in Year 10 who were below national benchmarks in Year 9 NAPLAN and a full time Numeracy intervention teacher working across four secondary schools (shared with Parkdale, Patterson River and McClelland), thus just one day each again focused on supporting students in Year 10. I was asked to lead the selection of this cluster teacher and Mordialloc will be their base school. We have appointed Damien Power from Mornington SC to this position. For the literacy role, three days a week at Mordialloc, Lisa Ip was the successful candidate. As she is already on staff, we have been through a selection process to appoint experienced VCAL teacher, Rochelle Travitz, as our new VCAL teacher.


Ride Safely to and from School

A reminder to all students who ride their bicycles to school, it is mandatory that helmets are worn for your own safety. Cyclists are required to obey the same road rules as car drivers plus some bicycle specific rules e.g. wearing a securely fitted and fastened helmet whether you are riding on the roads, bike paths or shared footpaths.  You can be fined for not complying and, most importantly, we value your safety and don’t want to see any of our students end up with a major head injury.


NAPLAN: National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy

On the mornings of Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May all students in Year 7 and 9 will be sitting the national tests in Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation and Numeracy. It is important that students treat these tests seriously and strive to achieve their Personal Best.

The results will be used to:

  • help teachers identify students who require greater challenges or additional support
  • help the College identify strengths and, if any, gaps in teaching programs and to set goals in Literacy and Numeracy
  • provide additional feedback to students and parents about individual achievements and progress


Any parents with any concerns or questions about the tests should contact Assistant Principal, Marina Walsh.


All parents of students in Year 7 and 9 will receive a NAPLAN report on their child’s progress later this year. The report is only one aspect of the school’s assessment and reporting process, and does not replace the more extensive and informed judgements made about your child by their teachers.


Winter Uniform and Jewellery

I would like remind students of their responsibility in relation to uniform. The College expectation is that all students will be in the correct winter uniform, and that this uniform is worn correctly (shirts tucked in, ties done up properly) just as would be expected in any workplace. This also means no hoodies worn under or over  jumpers.  Our uniform is a very important part of the image we project of our College community and therefore I expect all students to wear their uniform correctly and with pride to, from and at school. I would ask parents to reinforce these expectations at home. 

A reminder of the rules outlined in the College uniform policy regarding jewellery. Jewellery is not to be worn apart from a wristwatch and a plain stud or sleeper for students with pierced ears. Piercing of other body parts must not be visible.


Ms. Michelle Roberts


Important Dates


Thursday 09

  • Year 10 Advance Cathedral Ranges Hike
  • 2020 SEAL Test
  • Intermediate Round Robin & Senior Table Tennis Competition
  • Year 9A & 9B Aware Drug and Alcohol Incursion

Friday 10

  • Year 11 Food Studies Excursion to  Queen Victoria Market
  • Year 10 Advance Cathedral Ranges Hike returns

Monday 13

  • 7H & 8H Cape Schanck Excursion
  • Finance Meeting 4:00 pm
  • Year 9F & 9H Looking Within Globe Athletic Excursion
  •  Year 9G MEX Looking Around Data Collection

Tuesday 14

  •  Year 7 - 9 NAPLAN Language Conventions & Writing
  • House Cross Country 2:00pm

Wednesday 15

  •  Year 7 - 9 NAPLAN Reading

Thursday 16

  • Year 7 - 9 NAPLAN Numeracy
  • Senior Round Robin Sports Day
  •  Year 9A & 9B Looking Within Globe Athletic Excursion
  • Year 9D MEX Looking Around Data Collection
  • School Council Meeting 5:00 pm

Friday 17

  • Year 7 - 10 Berthe Mouchette French Poetry Competition

Monday 20

  • Year 10 Work Experience Week

Tuesday 21

  • Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp
  • Year 10 Work Experience

Wednesday 22

  • Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp
  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Kingston Cross Country at Karkarook Park

Thursday 23

  • Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp
  • Year 10 Work Experience

Friday 24

  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp returns

 Student Awards

Student Value Awards

Personal Best - Work to the best of your ability. Pursue excellence, try hard and constantly seek to improve.

Integrity  - Be true to yourself by doing what is right. Be honest and trustworthy.

Respect  - Treat everyone with equal consideration. Be accepting of others and their differences.

Responsibility - Be accountable for your actions. Contribute positively to the school and wider community.

Congratulations to the following students for displaying the College value of Personal Best during their Communications classes recently.  Photos are not available at this stage.


Personal Best

Congratulations to the following students - Sienna Sama, Samuel Bloxham and Eleni Hatzis -  on delivering a fantastic speech at the 2020 SEAL information evening.




Personal Best

Congratulations to the following students - Levi Burns, Elizabeth Ng, Mirabelle Milner and Jackson Mould - for speaking so proudly of the College during the formal speeches at Open Night. They all did a wonderful job.



Personal Best

Congratulations to Alex Goudy for courageously doing a presentation on Labour Day to the whole Year 8 cohort. He did an excellent job.


Congratulations to Tenilla Tong for  her ongoing dedication  and focus to work hard in every Communications class. It is admirable.





Lana Paten


Trivia Night FUNdraiser

One of the most exciting events to feature on the Performing Arts Calendar this year is our upcoming College production of ‘Footloose – The Musical’. Rehearsals are well underway and the show is really taking shape.

In order to make this production the best the College has seen yet, we are raising some much-needed funds to help us hire costumes, build sets, as well as create an outstanding visual experience. In order to do so, the cast and crew are hosting a FUNdraising Trivia Night, and we want you to come along and get amongst the action!


Date: Thursday 13th June, 2019

Time: 7pm kick off, arrive from 6:30pm

Location: Mordialloc Bowls Club - 38 McDonald St, Mordialloc VIC 3195

Cost: $15 per ticket purchase via Try Booking website


There will be drinks (alcoholic) at very reasonable bar prices from the Bowls Club Bar and tea and coffee (provided free) on the night. Grab a group of friends and a plate of nibbles (as much or little as you like) to share with your team for a great night out. Aside from a great night of trivia, there will be fantastic giveaway prizes, bonus games, great music, silent auctions, and a major raffle. In addition to all of this, you will be privy to a sneak peek of the show!

So start getting your Trivia Team together (teams of between 8 and 10 adults would be great but if you don’t have enough, don’t worry we will partner you up on the night). Parents, teachers and the wider community (all welcome) will all be competing to take out the title of ‘The Smartest Table’. Questions will be appropriate to challenge people of all ages and areas of interest, so feel free to bring along the History Buff, the Movie Buff as well as the Random Fact Buff!

If you have any questions, or would like to donate some prizes for the event, please contact Miss Stevenson on 9580 1184, or via email or Miss Sears on


Mara Sears

Peforming Arts Coordinator


House Cross Country


School Photos

School Photos have arrived

All uncollected school photo packages are now available from the College General Office.


Aussie School Photos have advised that some families have been experiencing issues with the “A Pack” digital download. If you are having difficulty please call customer service on 9707 6653 and they will assist.

There are also a number of special group photos available to be viewed and ordered. These are Senior School special group photos (view in  D1),  Middle School Leaders (view at the General Office near the payments window) , Band  (view in the PAC) and International Students  (view at the ISP Staff Office). 

These can be purchased at an additional cost of $17-19 per image. Please see the General Office to place an order with payment by Friday 10 May.

Frankston Train Line Changes

This email is to notify you about changes to train services on the Frankston line in May, while maintenance and level crossing removal works take place.


  • Buses replace trains between Caulfield and Frankston from 8.10pm to last service Tuesday 14 May. Allow up to 45 minutes additional travel time.
  • Buses replace trains between Mordialloc and Frankston from 9.15pm Friday 24 May to last service Sunday 26 May. Allow up to 25 minutes additional travel time.


  • A range of different bus services will be operating to help make your journey as direct as possible.
  • Regular maintenance on the Frankston line may also impact train services.

 We are here to help you travel during major construction projects and will endeavour to get you to and from your destination as quickly and easily as possible.
For journey planning and service information, please call PTV on 1800 800 007 or visit


Most train replacement buses will be low-floor models to assist passengers with mobility requirements. Alternative transport can be arranged for passengers who need mobility assistance and cannot board train replacement bus services.

For passengers with a communication disability or difficulties, Metro Trains has introduced a text message service which can be accessed by texting 0428 789 329 (7am – 7pm weekdays, 9am-5pm weekends and public holidays). This can be used for general enquiries relating to Metro Trains and information on service changes.
Should your clients or members require assistance with alternative travel they should call PTV on 1800 800 007 from 6am – midnight (all night Friday & Saturday), or you can do so on their behalf.

If anyone within your organisation would like to speak directly to a project representative about the upcoming rail disruption they can contact us on 1800 105 105 or email

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 2 2019

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Located on the corner of the main building, near the staff car park.


Private appointments are available after shop hours. Please call 8587 0570 for an appointment.

Visit the new, improved website for information and pricing 'Click and Collect' is available.


Chelsea Heights Community Centre

This term Chelsea Heights Community Centre is pleased to introduce our NEW Get Fit and Have Fun group. A perfect opportunity for busy parents to enjoy a 45 minute group fitness session on Thursday mornings 9.15am to 10am.  Our personal trainer Shelley will ensure a great workout with changing routines and varied equipment.


The Centre extends a warm welcome to the community to join us for our Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea, Thursday 23rd May 10am to 11.45am.  Phone us on 9772 3391 to book for yourself or a table of friends.  Enjoy some tasty treats and together we can support those impacted by Cancer.

Chelsea Heights Community Centre, Beazley Reserve, 160 Thames Promenade Chelsea Heights 3196.

Lynne Pocknee

Browns Reserve Construction Update

Please see the information below regarding the Browns Reserve construction update, some of the paths will be closed.


Art Tour Through Kingston

Six Moments in Kingston

Curated by David Cross and Cameron Bishop


Six Moments in Kingston is a multidisciplinary public art project unfolding across the City of Kingston, led by six contemporary artists with  over 200 local participants. Six extraordinary local stories drawn from the period 1976-1981 form the genesis of six installations, each set in the site of the original story. The project is experienced via a public art bus tour, with on-board broadcasts and the occasional stop to interact with the artworks. Artists are drawing from multiple arts disciplines including performance, video, animation, sculpture, music, textile art and craftivism.


  • The mysterious disappearance of pilot Fred Valentich and his plane following sightings of a UFO
  • The story of Julie Cooper, Moorabbin’s first female mayor
  • A celebration of local Parkdale rocker Rick Springfield’s worldwide number one hit, Jessie’s Girl
  • Two local protests that mirrored national and international protest movements
  • The infamous headbutting incident between troubled VFL footballer Phil Carman and umpire Graeme Carbery
  • And the contentious demolition of historic manor, The Grange

Artists: Field Theory, Laresa Kosloff, Shane McGrath, Spiros Panigirakis, Steve Rhall, Tal Fitzpatrick


Sat Sun 18 19 25 & 26 May 2019

Tours depart Kingston Arts Centre, 979 - 985 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin VIC 3189

9:30am | 11:30am | 1:30pm | 3:30pm

Wheelchair Accessible Tours available Saturday 25 May 11.30am

Tickets: Full $10 | Conc. $7.50


Book online at or 9556 4440




City Of Kingston Draft Budget Invite


College News
Brown's Reserve Construction update.pdf
Newsletter Version OPEN NIGHT FEEDBACK 2019.docx
Alex Goudy
Tenillia Tong